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April 2015 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

It’s getting closer and closer to summer travel season here in the northern hemisphere. BootsnAll focused its content on travel in the United States and Canada for the entire month of March, and the following 5 multi-stop trips have a big United States leg in them. Check them out below!

Remember that any of these trips can be fully customized to fit your needs. As long as you’re a BootsnAll Member (membership is free), you can tweak any of these routes or create your own:

1. US National Parks Trip – $4013
London > Denver >overland> Moab >overland> Las Vegas > Sydney > Bangkok > Delhi >overland> Mumbai > London from $4013 taxes and fees included  

2. Road Tripping Canada – $2302
London > St. John's >overland> Quebec >overland> Toronto >overland> Thunder Bay >overland> Dauphin >overland> Vancouver > Honolulu > Tokyo > Delhi >overland> Mumbai > Istanbul > London from $2302 taxes and fees included  

3. RTW from New York – $2641
New York > Whitehorse >overland> Anchorage > Tokyo > Moscow >overland> St. Petersburg > Reykjavik > New York from $2641 taxes and fees included  

4. Road Trip America – $2467
Sydney > Los Angeles >overland> Las Vegas >overland> Utah >overland> Grand Canyon >overland>Moab >overland> Austin > Reykjavik > London > Delhi > Singapore > Sydney  from $2467 taxes and fees included  

5. Round the US – $1699
London > New York > Chicago > Denver > Las Vegas > San Francisco >overland> Portland >overland> Seattle > London from $1699 taxes and fees included  

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AirTreks RTW Ticket Review

Monday, September 1st, 2014

AirtreksIn the latest version of the Around the World Airfare Report, we shopped prices for RTW plane tickets from nine different companies and rated each company based on three criteria:

  • Price: How much does it cost?
  • Service speed: How long does it take to get a bookable price?
  • Frustration factor: How frustrating is the process of building and pricing a multi-stop route?

Price

Here is how the cost of searching these routes on AirTreks compared to other companies for each of the three routes we searched:

  • Route 1: 4th lowest price out of 9 options
  • Route 2: 5th lowest price out of 7 options
  • Route 3: 3rd lowest price out of 5 options

Service speed

Here is how the speed of searches compared to other companies we searched.

  • Route 1: 7th fastest out of 9
  • Route 2: 6th fastest out of 7
  • Route 3: 4th fastest out of 5

Frustration Factor

The online booking tool is easy and simple. And with no strict rules, terms, and conditions to worry about, crafting your itinerary is extremely easy. AirTreks also offers the best customer service and most expertise on long-term, multi-stop airfare and travel out of all the companies we searched.

You must speak (or email) with an agent to get a price and to book, so it may take a little longer than other options. We were in constant communication with their representatives, and they always answered our questions in a timely manner. One of the pluses of working with AirTreks is that each customer is assigned a personal travel consultant to work with, and they really do try to accommodate your travel needs, and they take the time to find out exactly what it is you want out of this trip and don’t pressure you or try to talk you into doing more than you want.

The process for making changes once you book your ticket is similar to all other companies specializing in multi-stop fares outside of the airline alliances.

If you have used AirTreks for your round the world trip, we want to hear from you. Leave a review below in the comments.

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Indie RTW Ticket Review

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Indie
In the latest version of the Around the World Airfare Report, we shopped prices for RTW plane tickets from nine different companies and rated each company based on three criteria:

  • Price: How much does it cost?
  • Service speed: How long does it take to get a bookable price?
  • Frustration factor: How frustrating is the process of building and pricing a multi-stop route?

Price

Here is how the cost of searching these routes on Indie compared to other companies for each of the three routes we searched:

  • Route 1: 3rd lowest price out of 9 options
  • Route 2: 4th lowest price out of 7 options
  • Route 3: Highest price out of 5 options

Service speed

Here is how the speed of searches compared to other companies we searched.

  • Route 1: Fastest out of 9
  • Route 2: Fastest out of 7
  • Route 3: Fastest out of 5

Frustration Factor

Using Indie provides a great deal of flexibility in terms of route, with no limits on stops and no rules regarding mileage, traveling in one direction, etc. Plus Indie is the only company capable of offering an immediate, online bookable price on trips more than 6 legs.

Booking can be made completely online or with an agent. If you don’t find the online searching/pricing engine easy to use, there is a phone number, online contact form, and live chat (but the live chat is not manned 24 hours/day; in fact, it’s not clear what hours they are available).

The process for making changes once you book your ticket is similar to all other companies specializing in multi-stop fares outside of the airline alliances.

If you have used Indie for your round the world trip, we want to hear from you. Leave a review below in the comments.

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May 2013 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

There are literally an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to your RTW itinerary, and we like to highlight 5 trips per month to help narrow down where you might want to go. This month’s trip focus on overland travel, which is an important part of long-term travel. Utilizing overland travel on your trip will help save tons of of money plus it really helps you dig into the local culture in many areas of the world.

overland travel central america

We like to highlight cool indie trips we create on our trip planner. Check out these five fares we’ve found this month on Indie, BootsnAll’s Multi-Stop Trip PlannerAll use overland travel to help save a few bucks:

  • RTW with a Road Trip Across Canada – $3397 – London > Saint John’s >overland> Quebec City >overland> Toronto >overland> Thunder Bay >overland> Dauphin >overland> Vancouver >Honolulu >Tokyo > Delhi >overland> Mumbai > Istanbul > London from $3397  taxes and fees included.  
  • Classic RTW Trip – $2773 – London > Delhi > Bangkok >overland> Singapore > Sydney > Auckland > Los Angeles > New York > London  $2773 taxes and fees included.  
  • Around Latin America – $3492 – San Francisco > Mexico City >overland> Guatemala City > Bogota > Quito >overland> Lima >overland> Santiago > Ushuaia > Buenos Aires >overland> Rio de Janeiro > San Franciso  from $3492 taxes and fees included.
  • Epic Road Trips Round the World – $2526 – Chicago > Madrid >overland> Paris >overland> Amsterdam >Dubrovnik >overland> Athens >overland> Istanbul > Bangkok >overland> Kuala Lumpur > Los Angeles >overland> Vegas >overland> Alberquerque >overland> Chicago from $2526 taxes and fees included.  
  • Trans-Siberian Trip from Australia – $2578 – Brisbane > Saigon >overland> Phnom Penh >overland> Bangkok > Beijing >overland> Vladivostok >overland> Moscow > Brisbane from $2578 taxes and fees included.  

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February 2013 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Have you contemplated taking a round the world trip but given up before you even got started?  Has the thought of planning for a trip like this – from figuring out how much it costs, to fear about what to do with your job, to deciding between RTW and buy as you go flights, to thinking about packing – deterred you from taking your trip of a lifetime?

With BootsnAll’s new, free, project, called Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days, you don’t have to be lost anymore.

Sign up and receive a new lesson plan each day via email, with an in depth article to that day’s topic and an action step to help get you on the road.

Plan your rtw trip in 30 Days

Over 1100 people have signed up so far, and we are closing registration this Friday, February 15, so sign up soon and start making your travel dreams a reality!

If you are already ready to take off on your own round the world adventure, then check out these five fares that we’ve found on Indie, BootsnAll’s Multi-Stop Trip Planner:

If you are looking for something a little different in your round the world trip, then start planning your trip of a lifetime with Indie, our multi-stop trip planner. And don’t forget to sign up for BootsnAll’s RTW newsletter, delivering special deals, RTW trip planning advice, and resources via email every single month. We also have a Facebook fan page and Twitter page, so be sure to like and follow those to keep up to date on all your RTW travel needs.

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New RTW Ticket Report

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Planning a round the world trip is a pretty huge undertaking that requires lots of time and research.  Much of this research usually has to do with airfare, as that is the most expensive part of your trip.

Every time someone decides to take a RTW trip, they have to make an important decision – buy a round the world ticket or one-ways.  We tried to simplify this process by publishing our free, downloadable Around the World Airfare Report in March 2012.

We followed that up by publishing a second version in June.  We knew, and admitted, all along that there was a flaw in our research when it came to searching prices on the DIY (Do It Yourself) method of purchasing one-ways.

In the first two reports, we searched all one-way flights over the course of a few days.  When a round the world traveler chooses this option, they usually do so to have the  ultimate flexibility. This means they won’t be purchasing all their flights up front like we searched.

So for our latest version of the report, which is actually an addendum to version 2, we simulated what a search would look like from the road.  We searched one of the same routes we searched in version 2 of the report, and in addition to that initial search back in April, we searched each leg 6 weeks, 1 month, 2 weeks, and every day for the final week before the flight to see how the prices fluctuated based on different search times.

Check out our findings by downloading the free DIY Around the World Airfare Report.

If you haven’t downloaded either of the other reports, you may want to check those out, too, as they each offer something different:

  • Version 1: The Definitive Report on Round the World Tickets – this report analyzes 3 different routes after shopping with multiple companies who specialize in round the world tickets, including the airline alliances.  It also prices the DIY model.
  • Version 2:  Around the World Airfare Research Report – this report analyzes 2 different routes after shopping with multiple companies who specialize in RTW tickets.  The alliances are not included in this report.  It also prices the DIY model with the current addendum at the end.

If you are ready to hit the road, then check out these five fares that we’ve found on Indie, BootsnAll’s Multi-Stop Trip Planner:

If you are looking for something a little different in your round the world trip, then start planning your trip of a lifetime with Indie, our multi-stop trip planner. And don’t forget to sign up for BootsnAll’s RTW newsletter, delivering special deals, RTW trip planning advice, and resources via email every single month. We also have a Facebook fan page and Twitter page, so be sure to like and follow those to keep up to date on all your RTW travel needs.

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The Summer Version of the Around the World Airfare Report

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

When we first started talking about researching and writing a report on the state of round the world airfare, it excited us. Not because it hadn’t been done before, but because we knew that we were going to learn a ton about the industry by doing so.

When we published the first version back in March, we already had our eyes on the next version, which we just published this past week.

Download the free summer version of the Around the World Airfare Report

 

Your feedback – both positive and negative – drove us to create a bigger and better report this time around. One of the things most people liked about the report was that we searched real itineraries across a broad spectrum of companies, comparing not only price but customer service, search options, route flexibility, and date change flexibility.

So we did the same this time, coming up with two more routes – one a 6-flight RTW trip with a couple out of the way locations (Reykjavic and Moscow) and one an 11-flight (with 3 overland segments) RTW with a few out of the way places (Ushuaia, Sibu, and Ulan Bator).

The reason we chose these more difficult routes and far off or lesser traveled to places was to challenge each provider to see who was up to the task. Some passed with flying colors and had no problems getting us pricing on each route. Others wilted under the pressure and simply stopped responding after things got challenging.

In this version you can check out six sample routes with 30 prices checked, including a RTW provider scorecard. Like last time, we searched each route leaving from three different countries – USA, UK, and Australia. Unlike last time, we didn’t use the same companies for each departure city. Trying to simulate what a search would actually be like for a real traveler, we chose to only search companies in each departing country.

So go ahead download this free version of the RTW Airfare Report, and when you’re finished reading it, head on over to the RTW Report review page to offer your feedback so we can make the third version even better.

Thanks, and happy travels!

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Student Flights (Australia) RTW Ticket Review

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

After releasing our Around the World Airfare Report, we have received a ton of great feedback that is only going to make our quarterly updates ever better and more beneficial for you, the RTW traveler.

We know that there are many more providers who sell round the world plane tickets than the eight we reviewed, and the feedback has offered more options.  The providers being suggested will be in the mix the next time we update the report in June.

Even though we haven’t reviewed this company yet, we wanted to put up a review page in case you have shopped for or bought a RTW ticket with them.  If you have, we want to hear from you.

If you’ve shopped for or used Student Flights Australia for a RTW ticket, please write a review below and rate them based on the stated criteria.  And if there are any other providers that aren’t yet listed, let us know.

The basics of a Student Flights Australia RTW Ticket

  • RTW tickets through Student Flights are not only for students.
  • They have specials just for students.
  • A RTW ticket offers flights with anywhere from 3 to 20 stops.
  • Student Flights has a series of predetermined routes that they sell.
  • If you have a particular itinerary in mind, you can email or call Student Flights and have them put an itinerary together for you.
  • You can also build you own itinerary online (with a max of 9 stops) and have a customer service rep get back to you.

If you have used Student Flights Australia for your round the world trip, we want to hear from you. Comment below to share your experience, and click on the stars below the comment box to rate.

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Student Flights (New Zealand) RTW Ticket Review

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

After releasing our Around the World Airfare Report, we have received a ton of great feedback that is only going to make our quarterly updates ever better and more beneficial for you, the RTW traveler.

We know that there are many more providers who sell round the world plane tickets than the eight we reviewed, and the feedback has offered more options.  The providers being suggested will be in the mix the next time we update the report in June.

Even though we haven’t reviewed this company yet, we wanted to put up a review page in case you have shopped for or bought a RTW ticket with them.  If you have, we want to hear from you.

If you’ve shopped for or used Student Flights New Zealand for a RTW ticket, please write a review below and rate them based on the stated criteria.  And if there are any other providers that aren’t yet listed, let us know.

 

The basics of a Student Flights New Zealand RTW Ticket

  • RTW tickets through Student Flights are not only for students.
  • A RTW ticket offers flights with anywhere from 3 to 20 stops.
  • If you have a particular itinerary in mind, you can email or call Student Flights and have them put an itinerary together for you.

If you have used Student Flights New Zealand for your round the world trip, we want to hear from you. Comment below to share your experience, and click on the stars below the comment box to rate.

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Great Escapade RTW Ticket Review

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

After releasing our Around the World Airfare Report, we have received a ton of great feedback that is only going to make our quarterly updates ever better and more beneficial for you, the RTW traveler.

We know that there are many more providers who sell round the world plane tickets than the eight we reviewed, and the feedback has offered more options.  The providers being suggested will be in the mix the next time we update the report in June.

Even though we haven’t reviewed this company yet, we wanted to put up a review page in case you have shopped for or bought a RTW ticket with them.  If you have, we want to hear from you.

If you’ve shopped for or used Great Escapade for a RTW ticket, please write a review below and rate them based on the stated criteria.  And if there are any other providers that aren’t yet listed, let us know.

The basics of a Great Escapade RTW Ticket

  • use three airlines to piece together a RTW trip – Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic
  • use up to 29,000 miles
    • pay more to add more miles (130 GBP for 1500 miles up to 4500 miles)
  • cross the Atlantic and Pacific only once each
  • can make use of unlimited stopovers
  • has an online route planner and calculator (you cannot book online though)
  • must contact Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, or a travel agent to book
  • have to leave from either London or Manchester, UK
  • overland segments count against your mileage

If you have used Great Escapade for your round the world trip, we want to hear from you. Comment below to share your experience, and click on the stars below the comment box to rate.

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